Sydney Cup 2022

Saturday April 9, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April* each season.

*In 2021 the Sydney Cup ran on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the Sydney Cup winner.

In 2020 the Sydney Cup prize money was reduced to $1 million with $580,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned to $2 million for the 2021 edition.

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW) are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The 2022 Sydney Cup took place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 9, 2022 and saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Knights Order ($8.50) go all-the-way in the two mile classic. 

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1862

2022 Sydney Cup Results

The 2022 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 9, 2022 and announced below as soon as available.

  • 1st: #3 Knights Order ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #7 Sheraz
  • 3rd: #2 Daqiansweet Junior

Knights Order ($8.50) was huge on the quick back-up going one better than his Chairman’s Quality second when leading all-the-way in the 2022 Sydney Cup results for the Waterhouse/Bott stable to hand jockey Rachel King her second career Group 1 success.

Sydney Cup Betting

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form.

Only four Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James (2020) having run fourth in the Auckland Cup across the Tasman, the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007) and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2022 most recently The Offer (2014).

Older gallopers also run well in the race with six seven-year-old winners including Etah James (2020) and Knights Order (2022), one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2020.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with Selino saluting at 25/1 to hand trainer Chris Waller a fifth win in the two-mile classic.

2022 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2022 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Sydney Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Sydney Cup Field

Sydney Cup odds were long on the 2015 winner Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal (2015) won at Sydney Cup odds of $41 in an upset autumn Group 1 result. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Sydney Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick.

The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race with The Offer (2014) the latest to do the double. Knights Order (2nd in 2022) was the last Sydney Cup winner to come out of the Chairman’s on the quick back-up.

Earlier, Rosehill’s Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) held in March can be a solid Sydney Cup lead-up but Country Tyrone (2006) was the last to do the double.

The Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day is another early Sydney Cup lead-up with The Offer (2014) the last to win both races in the same year.

Victorian gallopers meanwhile may have a lead-up into the Sydney Cup field via the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) in late March.

Sydney Cup nominations close on a Tuesday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

2022 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2022 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

Mornington Cup winner Crystal Pegasus and Tancred Stakes runner-up Stockman are among the leading chances in Saturday’s 2022 Sydney Cup final field over the two miles at Randwick.

2022 Sydney Cup Nominations

The 2022 Sydney Cup nominations close on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

Eighty-three stayers make-up the Sydney Cup 2022 nominations including Spanish Mission who ran third in last year’s Melbourne Cup trifecta and the defending Chris Waller-trained champion Selino.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 732110x07x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
2 2748x55x AMBER ONE G 4 Anthony Cummings
3 6538x2500x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
4 0x3474821x ATONEMENT M 4 Matthew Smith 64
5 11x115x36x BARON SAMEDI (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien
6 3302x9222x BEAUDZ WELL (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler
7 2x1x206x BILL PEYTO (IRE) G 4 Kris Lees
8 2x6533412x CASINO KID G 4 Jan Bowen 71
9 421x40030x CEPHEUS (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn 91
10 x71241112x CHALK STREAM (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 84
11 454x65118x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
12 762154x21x CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 80
13 685270x77x DADOOZDART (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
14 80x501111x DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 4 Phillip Stokes
15 16x4116x7x DAYSAN (USA) G 5 Kris Lees 69
16 1143x9564x DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 78
17 1121x3610x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 104
18 x224x0221x DUKE OF CONDICOTE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
19 111x12183x ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne
20 2031x2753x EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney
21 1546x9x00x ENGLISH KING (FR) G 5 Michael Moroney
22 265x83123x ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
23 12021x3x8x FIRST IN LINE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 92
24 2x08x9084x FLAMBEUR (USA) G 6 Matthew Smith 73
25 730909554x FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 87
26 133x08673x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani
27 327515510x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
28 7x6122412x GRINLING (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 69
29 25470x060x HAKY (IRE) G 8 Matthew Dunn
30 48850x381x HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 7 Mitchell Freedman
31 111x03265x HURRY CANE (NZ) G 9 Raymond Connors
32 x1111x900x IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken
33 87x779731x KAAPFEVER (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 92
34 11x2x03x6x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott
35 6173365x9x KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 88
36 511x90970x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
37 x0x10x8x8x LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
38 1025x2220x LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
39 x77456x57x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 8 Annabel Neasham 93
40 1x57482x5x LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 94
41 3Fx362011x MARRONI (NZ) G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
42 x41121217x MIGHTYBEEL (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 94
43 556x34643x MOHAKA (NZ) M 6 Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen
44 4x00000x75 MONREAL (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 69
45 6345x3214x MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
46 1x211x088x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
47 980x489x4x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 9 Kris Lees 102
48 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 103
49 121636x33x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 92
50 112x470x NORMANDY BRIDGE (FR) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
51 610x50590x OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 104
52 9x8468042x OLYMPIC GAZE G 4 Paul Perry 66
53 4x25113x0x OLYMPIC THEATRE (GB) G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 68
54 13x3x0x76x OUR CANDIDATE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 88
55 7116x5262x OUTLANDOS G 5 John Sargent 76
56 1x18x08x4x PALE KING (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
57 233x09142x PARRY SOUND G 6 Bjorn Baker 96
58 2x22x5869x PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
59 234145x41x PLAYOFFS (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
60 2x722x540x PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
61 510x06000x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes
62 0113639x6x RED KELLY (FR) G 5 Peter G Moody
63 x31112360x SACRAMENTO G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98
64 2x921x2x3x SACRAMENTO JOE (IRE) H 5 Kris Lees 61
65 000611529x SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker
66 541x08408x SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
67 22x3321x0x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller
68 3x3685128x SKELM G 7 Terry Kelly
69 51459x0x8x SKYWARD (FR) G 6 Paul Messara 102
70 205327749x SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 67
71 2513x2x34x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Peter G Moody
72 x03310x49x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 105
73 2311x0244x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 100
74 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller
75 531260043x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith
76 9x5211143x TARAMANSOUR (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani
77 6x34205x1x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
78 6331215x5x THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
79 231212111x TIGERTIGER (NZ) G 6 Rob Blacker
80 701091811x TORRENS H 5 Marc Chevalier 98
81 232411612x TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith
82 112x21431x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 122
83 2x05x6443x ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken in early March a month after the original nominations and about four weeks out from race day.

The 2022 Sydney Cup first acceptances close at 12:00pm (local Sydney time) on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022. 

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007) and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2022 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2022 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

  • Best Roughie: #2 Daqiansweet Junior ($20 at time of publish)

Looks a particularly open edition of the Sydney Cup and, admittedly, the Heavy track is a query for this 19/1 pop but if he gets through the going he’s in with a chance at a big price! Few are proven two-milers and this in-form Phillip Stokes-trained stayer is. The Sweet Orange four-year-old has won five of his past six starts including the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) last time out. Carried 56.5kg there for a 1.5 length win and comes back to 51.5kg in the Sydney edition. He only gives 1.5kg away to most of the field and presents in good order for an upset. Of course, the local Waller contingent is always strong, but surely this horse is at least an attractive Each Way offering?

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field.

Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared five Sydney Cup winners in the past decade with Stand To Gain (2011), Grand Marshal (2015), Who Shot Thebarman (2018), Shraaoh (2019) and Selino (2021).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winner to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 was Stand To Gain (2011)
  • Only five mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Etah James (2020) and Jessicabeel (2010) a decade apart
  • Five-year-olds won six of the editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2022
  • In the years from 2008 – 2022 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015)
  • Barrier eight has produced the most Sydney Cup winners (since 1983) with 10

2022 Sydney Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Cup Records

Below we take a look at some of the Sydney Cup race records like what horse has run the fastest time in the Sydney Cup.

Sydney Cup Race Record: Apollo Eleven (1973) and Just A Dancer (1991) currently co-hold the Sydney Cup winning time record of 3:19.90.

Heaviest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): My Good Man (60kg in 1978)

Lightest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): Palace Revolt (48.5kg in 1989)

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Selino ($26 in 2021), Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015) and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon. Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and Makybe Diva (2004).

Sydney Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Knights Order Sheraz Daqiansweet Junior 3:32.2
2021 Selino Rondinella Miami Bound 3:23.1
2020 Etah James The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3